The acknowledged Queen of Texas Blues is back. Blue Highway
is Angela Strehli's first studio recording in seven years. Much to the delight of Strehli's many fans, six of the ten tracks are the singer's originals.
The first song, "Austin's Home Of The Blues," is dedicated to Antone's, Strehli's base of operations from the early 1970s. The title song, "Blue Highway," finds the singer in the company of her old pals Maria Muldaur and Marcia Ball. It goes without saying that the song is a winner. The band is especially keen with nice work from Mike Schermer and guest piano-man John Lee Sanders.
Angela Strehli is a native of Lubbock, Texas and an expert in the history of the Lone Star state's blues history. Her composition, "SRV," is a touching tribute to her late friend Stevie Ray Vaughan, another Texan.
We liked the singer's "I Don't Know Why." Strehli absolutely wails and the band backs her up in style.
Gospel fans aren't forgotten when the singer pays tribute to Inez Andrews with the rousing "Lord, Don't Move The Mountain." It ends much too soon!
The closer is from a live concert at Carnegie Hall in 1985 with Stevie Ray Vaughan. Nobody will object if you crank up the volume. We did! Hopefully, Angela Strehli won't make us wait another seven years for her next release.